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Like starting over again

After breaking the news to Mrs G I was deleting all my old posts, her first reaction was “why have you done that again?”

“Did you read what I wrote yesterday,”, I asked.

“No.” came the response. “I don’t look at your blog anymore as all you do is post old stuff.”

With this clean slate in front of me and the big question is what am I going to write about? The temptation is always there to descend back into my usual rants and perceived slights, but there is also a part of me which feels like I should write about things which interest me. I should begin writing about hobbies, about movies and games, and all the geeky things I intended to.

In the last three years since I was writing regularly I picked up plenty of new interests. I enjoy barbecuing, I’ve discovered I like whiskey. I’ve even started some craft-based hobbies like trying to sew.

My parenting has also come along now I have two sentient children.

All the panics and worries I had before evaporated. I have to educate and inform children who talk back to me, children who are sassy.

Children I’m also aware never asked to be all over social media

I’ve also learnt new things like how I like to work, how to be a better employee. I’ve even gone freelance and started my business.

I’ve even given up the entire Google ecosystem and become an Apple acolyte.

At night I’ve started to read books rather than websites.

Will the angry part of me disappear? I don’t think so. As I sat on the train listening the “tsh tsh” from someone‘s headphones the thought came to my mind was didn’t I write something in 2013 about this?

As I went to find the old post I stopped myself and realised, why don’t you just calm yourself by typing a new rant? Write a new piece that is different but also the same as what I did before.

The whole point of me removing all my old drafts was writing makes me feel better. It’s why I started blogging. It was to find an outlet for my stress and copying and pasting does not ease that.

So let’s get angry and geeky all over again. Maybe Mrs G will read this again?

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Writing

Open bracket close bracket

I have an interesting relationship with Mrs G because of my interesting relationship with the English language. I love both but sometimes have a strange way of showing it. In terms of my affection for my native language I show this by my liberal use of punctuation.
If there is the slightest opportunity to throw in a non-alphanumeric character, I will take it. Comma, question mark? I will use it even if it is the exclamation mark!

Still, I have my favourites, and most of my writing (whether personal or professional) will include them… and I have used them all in this one sentence.

The first I use, or abuse, is the comma. This post is unusual in that the opening sentence doesn’t use this device. Normally the first line is split in two by one and they will litter the rest of my prose. I use them for pauses, for side thoughts, and as this sentence will show also in the Oxford style.

When I feel I’ve gone on a bit too far with the comma, I’ll rely on my trusted brackets. I should use these sparingly (some style guides tell me on many occasions) but I love throwing in asides. Having the brackets gives me the freedom to write as I think, and even in they are not entirely necessary (they are) my use of the opening and closed brackets reflects how my brain works.

My final punctuation quirk is the use of the ellipsis. I don’t follow the style guides here either as my usage is not to illustrate omission but to trail off my thoughts… just like this post…